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“Lauren Daigle’s answer on homosexuality was obviously absurd, but the sheer hatred many Christians are heaping on this woman is even more absurd. I won’t be going to Daigle for my theology, was never tempted to, but that doesn’t make her Satan incarnate.”  Matt Walsh 

Right?? That poor woman, my goodness, some of the attacks being lodged at her are just crass, vulgar, and unreal. Coming from Christians. Like, I’ll tell you right now that homosexuality is clearly a sin, but so is the venom and bitterness coming out of people’s mouths all over Twitter.

So there are these abominations, these things God cannot abide, “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.” 

Homosexuality is actually not on that list, because apparently it is not God’s Number One Priority. Apparently we have far greater problems, other sins that He chose to highlight and remind us about.

One of the fastest and easiest ways to hit each note of that tune on the path to becoming a good and proper abomination, is to armchair quarter back other Christians who aren’t fulfilling your own needs, be they emotional, spiritual, or political needs.

That’s what the attacks on Lauren Daigle are all about, people’s feelings. She hurt some people’s feelings. You can tell because people are mocking her for her “feelings,” and whenever we  point a finger at someone else, we always have four more pointing right back at us, identifying the actual root of the problem.

I get it, there can be such a stabbing feeling of betrayal when another Christian fails you.  I was once dealing with this woman on some end of life issues and she had a lot of questions about faith, so she invited this pastor over. I watched that man tell her, among other things,  there are many paths to the Father. She promptly announced, that’s not what she said, pointing to me, and that man actually said, she’s just the caregiver, I’m the pastor.

And Mr Soggy Plate of Over Cooked Pasta who couldn’t find his intestinal fortitude with two hands and a flashlight, told her that what she believed in didn’t really matter, that Buddhists go to heaven, that homosexuality is not a sin, and a bunch of other things that left me with some big  feelings.

Believe it or not, my biggest obstacle in talking about faith, are actually other Christians. I’ll spare you the links, but there have been entire blog posts informing the world that I am a terrible, very bad, no good person. I’ve been blocked, banned, hacked, and attacked, and I’m just a tiny little voice in the blogosphere. I’m telling you, the wrath and venom of other Christians who think you’re doing it all wrong, is quite a sight to behold.

So we need to address our feelings, to learn how to cope with them and resolve them, because when we don’t, we become exactly as we so often are in the world, a bunch of spiritually immature believers suffering from resentment and relationship fractures, driven by the emotional heat of the moment.

And we need to be infinitely more merciful towards one another. Like, nobody’s perfect. Also, Christians need one another. There is strength in our numbers and in our unity. When we insist on always eating our own, we not only provide a really bad example of what our faith is all about, but we weaken our selves and lay waste to our own backup army.

 

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